Sky Betting and Gaming has announced plans to move its Leeds office to 4 Wellington Place in the heart of the city centre, a new commercial development.
The betting operator owned by Flutter Entertainment is one of the city’s biggest employers and plans to consolidate around 1,400 workers in the new offices.
Moving forward through ongoing pandemic
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Sky Bet staff are currently operating from home, but the Brand Creative and Sponsorship Director of the company, Michael Afflick, has told the Yorkshire Post that the company plans to follow a hybrid working strategy.
Afflick said: “We’re trying to promote working from home when you want to and coming into the office when you need to, which we think will be about 40% of the time.”
A hybrid working approach
Sky Bet plans to set up ‘neighbourhoods” as part of this hybrid working approach, which are physical spaces inside the workplace that workers can also connect to from home.
The ‘neighbourhoods’ will occupy floors two to six of the building, with between eight and 18 conference rooms per floor and a total of 266 work desks, while a reception area and a retail space will be on the ground floor.
Afflick added: “We’re preparing for a post-COVID world so the desks won’t be two metres apart.
“We want to make coming into work more appealing than it ever has before. We think that part-time office working and more collaborative spaces will set us up better for the future.”
Other services include an in-house gym, a seventh-floor cafeteria, a gaming space and a room for faith.
While the exterior construction work was done before Christmas, the interior design has yet to be finished, and the company is hopeful that by the end of May it will be open for business.
The latest building will see Sky Bet expand its office space from 105,000 square feet to 136,000 square feet, with more than double the number of 37 to 79 conference rooms.
The organisation is also creating an app that workers can use to reserve conference rooms and parking spaces, as well as investing £ 1 million in video conferencing and audio-visual equipment.